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September 28, 2009

Meet the Candidate: Diane Gilbert, Oakdale Unified School District

The following is a questionnaire sent out by The Bee to candidates for the November 2009 election. Candidates supplied the answers, and they are being published it their unedited form.

What is your full, legal name?

Diane Marie Gilbert

What name do you prefer be used in print?

Diane Gilbert

What office do you seek?

Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees

What is the primary reason you are running for this office?

I am a parent volunteer at Sierra View Elementary School who is committed to ensuring that every student is safe from the time they leave home until the time they return from school.

What will be your single most important priority if you get elected?

Recruit, train, and retain great teachers and principals. Hold teachers, students and administrators accountable for classroom performance.

What sets you apart from the other candidates?

I am a local businesswoman who will use my skills to focus the district’s precious resources in the classroom --- where they belong.

I also have the support and endorsement of Senator Dave Cogdill and Assm. Tom Berryhill. I have established relationships with our local legislative delegation that may help the district with its needs in Sacramento.

Where do you work and what is your job title? (If retired, list position before retirement)

Owner - Diane Stone & Associates, a fundraising consulting firm (1992 to present).

What date were you born and where?

7/24/59; in San Bernardino, California

What is your spouse's name, if any?

James “Jay” Gilbert

What are the names and ages of your children, if any?

James, age 7

Please list the schools and colleges you attended, the degrees you attained and when.

Claremont Men’s College (1981), Literature

Have you ever held an elected or appointed public office? (Include dates and office title)

San Bernardino County Republican Central Committee 61st A.D (1992 – 1993).

Have you run before for an elected public office? (Include dates and exact office title)

Same as above

Approximately how much money do you expect to spend on your campaign?

$ 15,000

Have you ever been convicted or charged with a crime other than a minor traffic violation? If so, please explain and include dates and locations.


Have you or a business you owned or had principal interest in ever filed bankruptcy? If so, please include dates and the location the bankruptcy was filed.


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